The Missouri State Highway Patrol released a photo of the patrol units at the Lake of the Ozarks. (Missouri State Highway Patrol)
Missouri – Three people were killed in a tragic boating accident when an intoxicated driver crashed the boat with four of his friends aboard into a rock bluff on the Lake of the Ozarks early Saturday, according to authorities.
Hayden M. Frazier, 22, was arrested and charged Saturday morning following the deadly crash that happened in central Missouri just after midnight, FOX4KC reported.
Frazier was driving the boat when he struck a rock bluff, ejecting him and two of his friends — Joseph LeMark, 23, and Hailey Hochanadel, 21 — into the water. The 22-year-old managed to get back on the boat and paddled the vessel about half mile to the dock across the channel, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Another friend, Daniel Lewis, 24, was found dead on the boat. Crews found LeMark’s body just after 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Divers recovered Hohanadel’s body about 3 hours later, Fox News reported.
The fifth occupant, Ashley Lamb, 21, was seriously injured. She and Frazier, who suffered moderate injuries, were located by authorities around 1:45 a.m. Lamb was taken to the hospital.
An official report says Frazier has been charged with boating while intoxicated, totaling three charges: BWI – death of another; BWI – serious physical injury; negligent operation of a vessel.
Frazier is being held in the Camden County jail.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.
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